Main point summary
James in James Chapter 1:27 explains pure and undefiled religion for God, the Father is when we are visiting orphans and widows in their distress and keeping yourself unstained from the world. James uses this to instill in us how we are to be doers of the word and be joyful when we meet trials of various kinds because the testing of our faith produces steadfastness.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ,
James gives his true identity.
To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
Identify who receives this letter.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds,
Have joy when you have trials.
for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
because the testing of your faith gives steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
Then you let steadfastness have its full effect
that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
causing you to become perfect and complete, lacking nothing
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God,
If you lacks wisdom, ask God.
l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
God gives generously and he will give in faith.
But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting,
He must ask in faith without doubting.
for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
because one who is not stable one is tossed and driven by the wind like the waves of the sea.
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
Because this person does not believe he will receive anything from the Lord;
p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
Because he is unstable in his ways.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
A lowly boasts in his exaltation,
and r the rich in his humiliation,
while a rich man boasts in his humiliation,
because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away.
all boasting from the two men will pass away like grass.
For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass;
The sun rises and withers the grass;
its flower falls,
causes flower falls
and its beauty perishes.
its beauty is lost
So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
The rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
A man who remains steadfast under trial
for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life,
when stands the test, then he will receive the crown of life
w which God has promised to those who love him.
because God promised the crown of life to those who love him.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,”
No one being tempted cannot say he is being tempted by God,
for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
God cannot be tempted with evil, God does not tempt anyone.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
People are tempted when being lured and enticed by his own desire.
Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin,
Desire gives birth to sin when it is conceived,
and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
When sin is grown it brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Beloved brothers, do not be deceived.
z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
Every good and perfect gift comes from above,
coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
coming down from the Father of lights without change.
c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth,
By his will he brought us the word of truth,
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
to be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
g Know this, my beloved brothers:
My brothers take knowledge
let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger;
let everyone be quick to hear, slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
for an angry man does not produce the righteousness of God
Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
Therefore, get away from filthiness and rampant wickedness
and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
receive meekness with the implanted word, that is able to save your souls.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Be doers and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
The person that only hears and does not do the word,
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
a man looks into the mirror and sees his natural face that is all he sees.
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
As soon as he looks away, he forgets what he looks like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law,
One who looks into the perfect law,
o the law of liberty,
sees the law of liberty,
and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,
and persists, being not just a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,
p he will be blessed in his doing.
because he does, he will be blessed in his doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,
Thinking you are religious and not bridling your tongue, you deceive your heart,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
your religion is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Religion that is pure and undefiled is what the Father says:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
visiting orphans and widows in their distress and keeping yourself unstained from the world.
... Religion that is pure and undefiled is what the Father says: ... visiting orphans and widows in their distress and keeping yourself unstained from the world ...